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THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA: ROMANCING WITH HINDUISM AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS. RESPONSES This ministry published two alerts under the sub-titles POSTING 1 [March 23, 2007] and POSTING 2 [March 28, 2007] 1. on the NDTV report on the church in Kollam, Borrowing in faith: Kerala church creates ripples by Nandagopal Nair 2. on THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA The first was addressed to Most Rev. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon [Kollam], Kerala. The second was addressed to Most Rev. Pascal Topno SJ., Archbishop of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The alerts were sent both by email as well as by post. Both Bishops did not respond despite reminders. Individually addressed personalized letters were sent by email to the approximately 170 Bishops. Additionally, letters printed out on the ministry’s letterhead were individually posted to all the Bishops and Commissions of the CBCI. They were also sent to priests and to leaders in lay ministry. Here are some of the responses chronologically received: From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 7:34 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA : ROMANCING WITH HINDUISM AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS Dear Mike, Thank you for the note. I got the second packet too. It was in Dibrugarh. I wonder how it went there and the other with the same address came to Miao! Be sure of my prayers. I still could not get the phone of the Neendakara church. Trying Love +George Pallipparambil sdb., BISHOP OF MIAO From: "Fr. Sharma" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 4:28 PM Dear Michael and Angela, Many, many thanks for your kind e-mail, your good wishes and assurance of your valuable prayers! I shall certainly remember you gratefully in my prayers. +A. Sharma, SJ., BISHOP-DESIGNATE OF NEPAL [Royal priest’s kin is Nepal’s 1st bishop: Anthony Francis Sharma’s great great grandfather was the priest of Nepal’s royal family. He has been appointed as the first bishop of Nepal by Pope Benedict XVI. He became Christian when he was four years old along with his mother. The 69 year old priest would be consecrated on 5 th May. (TOI, 3 March 2007, p.14)] From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:51 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION… Dear Michael Prabhu, Greetings from Delhi and thank you for your email. I am replying to you immediately. I watched the news you were referring to. Not everything that was shown is new. Several of the twelve points accepted by the CBCI regarding inculturation are practised in varying degrees in the North. Maybe for the village where Fr. Anthony started it, it is totally new. I am not an expert to give the meaning of each symbol, or to judge whether any particular symbol can be 'baptized' - I can only say that genuine inculturation is based on the mystery of incarnation. The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us and he assumed humanity with all that is linked with it, its culture, language, values, practices etc. and purified it. He did not bring these things from above. All that is good no matter where it is comes from God and is meant for his glory. Hence it can well be utilized to communicate the Christian message. On this I have absolutely no doubt. Discernment and discretion are very important in this process. Secondly, the Church is by nature missionary. Evangelization gives it its basic identity. Hence the Church has to use the means of communication which people understand. That is what Jesus did in his ministry. I am sure I do not need to say more about it. I appreciate the trouble you take to ensure orthodoxy in the Church. As life is rather hectic it is not always possible for me to respond to your letters. But as I had mentioned to you in one of my letters long ago, we have a commission that looks after matters of faith and morals in the CBCI and Bishop Dabre is its Chairman. He keeps in touch with these matters and whatever necessary he communicates to the bishops. I am sure he will be glad about your cooperation. There is also a Commission for Liturgy and Archbishop Dominic Jala is its Chairman. You can contact him too. With warm regards and God bless, Yours sincerely in Christ, +Vincent M. Concessao, ARCHBISHOP OF DELHI
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:38 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION… Dear Mike, Thank you for the note. I am with Bishop Aind [of Dibrugarh] tonight. Please keep up the effort. It is worth. Love +George Pallipparambil SDB., BISHOP OF MIAO From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:24 PM Subject: RE: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA Thanks Mr. Prabhu. I shall bring it to the attention of the CBCI +George Punnakottil, BISHOP OF KOTHAMANGALAM From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:01 AM Subject: Thanks for your Emails. Dear Mr.Prabhu, Thank you for your Emails concerning the news that came in NTDV [Fr. Romance Antony, Kollam] and the Suryanamaskaram and Yoga to be introduced in the education. When I get chance or come in contact with the bishops concerned I will mention about it. I wish you a joyful and grace-filled Easter, Fr. Siluvai Ignaci, NATIONAL DIRECTOR, PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES, BANGALORE From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:59 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION… Dear Michael Prabhu, Thank you for your kind email. Fr. Romance Antony is a priest of the Diocese of Quilon. Please write to his bishop to get the information you want. With all best wishes, Yours in Christ Jesus, +Daniel Acharuparambil OCD., ARCHBISHOP OF VERAPOLY [My email said: I have written to you by email several times over the past 3 years, and sent you reports on some serious issues, but I have not received any response from you. Therefore I am posting a copy of this letter to you tomorrow. I would be privileged if you let me have your response to the priest's actions, the news report, and my comments.] From: George Palli To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:15 AM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY… Dear Michael, Thank you for the leter and details about Surynamaskar etc.. I hope we will be able to do something and prevent this from happening. PLease continue to be alert and to inform us all. We are with you. HAPPY EASTER. Love +George Pallipparambil SDB., BISHOP OF MIAO From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:16 AM Subject: Re: Your reflections on - SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA Dear Mr. Prabhu, Greetings and peace of the Lord! I wish to acknowledge and thank you for your two email messages with your thoughts/reflections of March 24 and 28 respectively. I appreciate your concern for the Church and the effort you make to help the Church to follow in the footsteps of our Lord. Yes, I certainly wish and pray that we became more aware of our unity and be rooted in the Lord. Wishing you a meaningful celebration of the forthcoming Holy Week followed by the joy of of Easter, Yours fraternally, +Leo Cornelio SVD., BISHOP OF KHANDWA From: FABC Central Secretariat [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: prabhu Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:46 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Dear Mr. Prabhu, Greetings in the Lord! The reason I have not replied is simple*. I am not the person you should be writing to. You should write to the Bishop of the place where you observe the situation that you have described and/or to the appropriate Bishops' Conference in India. The FABC Secretary-General does not have any jurisdiction or any ecclesiastical authority in any particular diocese except his own. With prayers and best wishes in the Lord, +Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., SECRETARY GENERAL, FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS' CONFERENCES, HONG KONG [*My email said: I have written to you by email several times, but I have not received any response from you. I would be privileged if you let me have your response to the priest's actions, the news report, and my comments.] From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 10:52 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… HAPPY EASTER +Mar Andrews Thazhath, METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF TRICHUR From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 10:27 AM Subject: Re: Thank you Michael Prabhu and Angela
Dearest Michael Prabhu and Angela, I am very grateful to you for your wishes and your precious prayers. I do pray for both of you for your intentions. May the Lord bless and reward you. wishing all success in your intentions. Yours gratefully +Victor Lyngdoh, BISHOP OF NONGSTOIN BISHOP OF MANGALORE Dear Mr. Prabhu, I went through the documents you sent me. I understand your point of view. I agree with your statement, “We Catholic Christians are not on a religious search, we have the Truth and a mandate from Jesus…” We do not grope in the dark but walk in the Light. With regard to Fr. Romance Antony’s intention is to send a message to all that Christianity welcomes all but he cannot compromise the Truths of Christianity. Does he do it? I appreciate your standpoint. We need persons like you to alert us. Thank you. I wish you a Happy Easter, Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord! Yours sincerely, +Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza [Letter ref. My/236/2007 dated April 5, 2007] ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY, AND PRESIDENT, CCBI Dear Mr. Prabhu, Thank you for your letter of March 24th together with the enclosures regarding the matter of the new Church in Kollam district. It appears that this Church will be in the Diocese of Quilon. It would be appropriate for you to contact Bishop Stanley Roman regarding this matter. I will pass on the other note regarding proposed compulsory introduction of Surya Namaskar and Yoga in educational institutions in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi to the Bishops concerned. Wishing you a joyous Easter with kind regards, Yours sincerely in Christ, +Oswald Gracias [Letter dated April 5, 2007] From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 9:48 AM Subject: Easter Wish From Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal Dear Loving Michael Prabhu and Anjela, Greetings from Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal, Bishop of Kannur, Kerala. Thank you very much for your e-mail. We are in the Holy Week right now. Yesterday was our Day, the day of the Priesthood. I thought of you in a special way and prayed for more grace for your minstry. I take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy and Holy Easter. May the Light of the Risen Christ always remain in you to help you to give light to the people who are in darkness and the joy and happiness of the Risen Lord may remain with you for ever, so that you may feel His Leading Presence in and around you every minute. Hope you are fine. I keep you in my daily prayers, especially during this Holy Week. Please pray for me also. With all good wishes, prayers, and with love, +Varghese Chakkalakal, BISHOP OF KANNUR From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 7:02 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Mr. Michael and Angela, Thank you for remembering me on my ordination Anniversay. Please do continue to pray for me. I assure you and your apostolate of my continued prayers. Please keep in touch. Wishing you a very happy Easter, +Thomas Pulloppillil, BISHOP OF BONGAIGAON From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 7:22 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Prabhu and angela, thank you for remembering me and praying for me on the day of my ordination. Yes, it is after Easter and I would spent the day with my people here in the Cathedral Church. I shall surely remember you and pray for your intentions. Praying for you and wishing you a very Happy Easter, I remain, Yours in Christ Jesus, +Jose Mukala, BISHOP OF KOHIMA My new email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 9:32 AM Subject: GREETINGS! Dear Michael and Angela, Greetings from Balasore. I thank you for your felicitations for the 44 th anniversary of my priestly Ordination. It was very kind of you to have remembered me on that joyous occasion. Please continue praying for me that I will be more and more faithful to the Lord and in my ministries. I wish you a very Happy Easter. God bless you. +Thomas Thiruthalil, BISHOP OF BALASORE From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 11:33 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Angela and Michael, Thanks for your thoughtful greeting. Let me reciprocate the same to you a hundredfold.
May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you always and strengthen you in your faith, hope and love and make your apostolate abundantly fruitful. With warm regards and God bless, Yours sincerely in Christ, +Vincent M. Concessao, ARCHBISHOP OF DELHI From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 12:44 PM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Michael and Angela Prabhu, Many thanks for your Easter greetings and for prayerful greetings on the occasion of my Ep. Ord. anniversay. It was very thoughtful of you to send your greetings and pray for me. May God bless you. +Gerald Mathias, BISHOP OF SIMLA-CHANDIGARH From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 5:09 PM Subject: Happy Easter Dear Michael Prabhu, Greetings of Peace and Joy ! I wish you a very HAPPY EASTER ! May the Lord fill you with His joy and peace. Jesus' resurrection is his victory over sin, suffering and death. However, in today's world we see the growth of terrorism, violence, individualism and immorality. The world needs the message of resurrection which is the message of hope, joy, peace and life. Pray for me too that I may be a good witness of the Risen Lord. May God bless you in all your endeavours, With an assurance of prayers and good wishes, Yours sincerely, +Thomas Dabre, BISHOP OF VASAI AND CHAIRMAN, DOCTRINAL COMMISSION, CBCI. METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF TRICHUR Dear Mr. Prabhu, Received your leaflets. Regarding liturgical norms and their implementation you may contact your local bishop for necessary direction. With the greetings of the Easter season, Yours in Our Lord, +Mar Andrews Thazhath [Letter dated April 10, 2007] Dear Michael Prabhu, Easter Greetings to you and peace + joy of the Risen Lord! Yours sincerely in the Lord, +Bishop Leo Cornelio SVD., BISHOP OF KHANDWA [Divine Mercy/Easter Greeting card received on April 24, 2007] From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 8:41 AM Subject: A Thank U Note Dear Michael & Angela, Eater Greetings and Peace of the Risen Saviour. Thank you very much for your kind felicitaion on my Episcopal Anniversary. I pry that God leads you to happy and joyous life and may he bless you abundantly with good health, plentifulness and His bounteous love. With kind and prayerful regards, +Clement Tirkey, BISHOP OF JALPAIGURI From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:37 AM Subject: Acknowledging letter Dear Michael Prabhu, We wish to acknowledge receipt of all your e-mails. We have taken note the content of the e-mails. I appreciate your concern and love for our community. Our Archbishop was out of station for about three weeks attending different meetings in New Delhi and Bangalore. He asked me to inform you that the matter has been brought into the attention of concerned persons. But that is not enough. It will be nice if you too can bring the matter to the attention of the persons concerned. If we stand united no one can defeat us. Hope you are fine. God bless you. Fr. Tony Hamlet, SECRETARY TO ARCHBISHOP OF TRIVANDRUM From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 10:53 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Michael and Angela, THANKS so much! Love to both of you! +Percy [Percival Fernandez] AUXILIARY BISHOP OF BOMBAY From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 9:05 PM Subject: RE: FELICITATIONS Thank you Prabhu and Angela Prabhu. May God bless you +George Punnakottil, BISHOP OF KOTHAMANGALAM From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 10:49 PM Thank you Michael and Angela. It was very thoughtful of you to have remembered me. It is still greater to realise that you keep track of my birthday, priestly ordination and episcopal ordianation. thank you for your prayers. I too wish you God's blessings on your ministry. +Chacko Thottumarickal SVD, BISHOP OF JHABUA
From: Bishop Andrews Thazhath To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 8:34 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Prabhu, Thanks for your greetings. +Andrews Thazhath METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF TRICHUR From: Archbishop's House, Guwahati [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: prabhu Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 8:47 AM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Mr Michael Prabhu and Angela Thank you for your greetings for May 2nd. I pray for you and for the success of all you do. With good wishes and prayers +Thomas Menamparampil, ARCHBISHOP OF GUWAHATI From: email@example.com To: prabhu Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 3:16 PM Subject: Greetings from Trichur!!! Dear Michael & Angela, Thanks for the prayers and blessings you sent on my consecration anniversary. God bless you, In Jesus' love, +Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy, ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF TRICHUR From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 6:06 PM Subject: Re: FELICITATIONS Dear Mike, Thank you for the call and the kind card. It is a wondeful one. Thank you for the thoughtfulness, concern and prayers. be sure of my prayers. I am sure that wre will meet on 18th. Please do continue to pray for me and for the mission. Lovingly in the Lord, +George Pallipparambil sdb., BISHOP OF MIAO
NOTE: A total of 24 Bishops and Commissions wrote 33 letters in the 6 weeks following the despatch of emails and posted letters to all Bishops and Commissions. That might not sound very encouraging, but, to this ministry it is a positive indication that there was no letter of criticism. Even if some Bishops have not referred to the issues in question, this writer is satisfied that they have not rejected this ministry, and the issues repeatedly raised by it, by discontinuing their correspondence.
As a matter of fact, 4 Bishops have written in to this ministry for the very first time. Below, 18 priests and [selected, about] 40 lay persons in alphabetical order: From: PETRUS ST PAULS To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:22 PM Subject: Greetings from Fr A… Dear Michael, Thank you for your report on 'paganisation of the Indian Church'. It is sad that such things as at Kollam are happening. It is sad the Bishops are just closing their eyes towards such things. Let us hope publishing such reports will make the Bishops open their eyes. Carry on, Michael. Fr A., SDB., Editor, PETRUS, BOMBAY/POONA To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 8:47 PM Subject: Re :THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… My dearest Michael, Why do we have to go thru such agony? Its a scary & terrible truth. We have rejected the Gospel and its power to heal and set us free and gone for Yoga and eastern practices. I refuse to call it prayer methods as they are a falsification of prayer based on truth. God help the faith in the Catholic Church!!!! Fr C., Director, Bombay Archdiocesan Healing Ministry To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 11:10 AM Subject: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… My dearest Michael, I am sorry for communicating a wrong impression. If i have been slow and and not quick to respond to ur emails in the past it is on a/c of the busy schedule and hectic demands of the the retreat ministry.. Whereas the fight against the new age continues even thru aour retreat ministry which is an humble answer to the new age practices… wish u had come and seen and experienced it all for ur self and if posssible even given ur valuable suggestion. U have my full backing and support... u have been doing a wonderful job, which I marvel and it must go on!!!!!! Fr C To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 2:43 PM My dear Michael, The warfare is on.. at a time when new age philosophies and even such NA retreats are freely encouraged.. The new regime is trying to suppress this ministry-- an alternative to New Age practices and a sure hope for our Catholics who do not know where to go-- Plz. do keep me your prayers... Bye Fr C
To: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:03 AM Subject: Re: FR. ANIL DEV To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: FR. ANIL DEV Santvana Community, B-12, Hans Apts.,Santnagar W, Burari P.O., Delhi - 110084, INDIA Phone:0091-1127612978,65696632 Prayer Helpline:+919868902767 visit: www.santvana.org ATTACHMENT: From: To: Santvana Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:36 PM Subject: Re: FR. ANIL DEV Dear Machael Prabhu, Thanks for your mail. I do share some of your concerns. Especially certain theological trends that shows inclination to sideline uniqueness of Christ and the Church. My prime concern is to bring the Gospel to people. I do not wish to divert my attention and energy for other concerns. I also see the role of ahrams for evangelisation. Inculturation is an obligatory path for evangelisation (Ecclesia in Asia). I think it is good that ashram aikya is at Matridham Ashram. It will help those ashrams that are not open to evangelisation to witness a powerful evangelisation taking place at Matridham ashram. Hope that you are fine. May God bless your ministry. lovingly, Fr. D., IMS, SANTVANA, DELHI To: prabhu Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 3:07 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Hi Michael Prabhu. Thanks for your mailing the report about Kollam church and the responses.I hope to respond to you later. God bless you. Lovingly, Fr. D, IMS., NEW DELHI MSGR. FERDINAND KAYAVIL Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu, Loving greetings from Kollam. It was nice talking to you on Saturday, around 4:40 pm. Thank you for calling. I am happy to see you uphold authentic traditional teachings to the Church. Please find enclosed a copy of the diocesan monthly- Vishwadharmam. The article highlights the teachings of “Dominus Jesus”. As I wanted to have the article published in the diocesan publication, I did not write too strong. I prepared another article with more details bringing out stronger observations. The article was sent to the Weekly “Shalom”. But they haven’t published. The owners and the editors are friends of Mr. Cletus Vincent. I may send a copy to him to forward it to them. I would very much like that it appears in Shalom. Shalom is read by a good number of intellectuals and even average Catholics. It carries good articles highlighting orthodox Catholic position. I shall keep in touch with you. May Jesus reward you for spending your time and energy to stand up for authentic teachings for the Church. Please keep me in your prayers. Lovingly, Monsignor Fr. Ferdinand Kayavil, P.O. Box 14, Quilon 691 001, Kerala Home address: Kayavil House, Mayyanad, Quilon 691 303, Kerala Tel: 0474- 3292012, 2555044; 0484-2606596, m: 93879 04380, 93886 29382, 93872 34568, fax: 0474-2741762 Email: email@example.com [Dated 3rd April, 2007, on letterhead] To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:23 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION.. dear prabhu thanks i get very less time to check mail mostly busy with preaching ministry so don,t expect me to reply every time i go through your mails may god bless you Fr. F., Youth Director and Charismatic Director for the diocese of Shimoga To: prabhu Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:41 AM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Prabhu Peace of Christ! I am happy that Catholics like you are representing genuine conscienceof the faithful. I wish that the teaching Church learns to understand the words of St.John: "... this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"( 1 Jn.5: 4-5). The uniqueness of genuine, Caholic inculturation calls for proclamation and witnessing for the simple truth that God revealed Himself as "Jesus". He alone is the Lord. God bless. Fr. I., SJ., CHENNAI To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:05 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY.. My dear Michael, I am recieving all your mails, and always I praise God for your great, chalenging works for the Lord and I pray that the Holy Spirit give you power and strenghth to fight.It is sad that our Bishops and priets are trying to bury our church by making compromises. We have only very few bishops with real backbones to fight the evil and to defend the church. As they are weak and many of them have their own personal problems,they depend on political parties and sometimes on other religious leaders for survival and for their works. Many dont have real faith in the Risen Lord, they became bishops because they studied in Rome, or because they have some theological degrees, or they are very good administrtors of temporal goods. We have no spiritual leaders among our bishops in the Catholic Church!! I am well. Although I am healed of my pneumonia, I have some problems in lungs, so my voice is not clear. I love you and pray for you dear son. Go ahead with power and courage. I will be happy to get some fresh matters on the evil of Homeopathy as many people are asking this question.Thank you. May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you.I pray that your heart be prepared to receive the Holy Spirit in the coming days, especially on Pentecost. My love and blessings to you. Fr. J., MSFS., GERMANY
To: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 12:43 AM Am sorry that I could not reply in time. Have been too very busy with confessions, home blessings, visiting the sick etc. Tomorrow am leaving for a National Conference on Spiritual Direction with St. Augustine! Happy Easter and may the risen Lord fill your lives with His light so that all darkness may be dispelled and He may be all! Fr. J., OMD., TRICHY To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 12:03 PM Subject: Re: A HOLY EASTER Dear Michael, Thank you for the Greetings. Wishing you the same with the blessings of the Risen Lord - Peace & Joy. I need to tell you that my silence is in no way a sign of indifference to your excellent and thought provoking messages. For the past few months I was almost continuously engaged in my ministry of preaching to the Relgious sisters and priests. I have gone through most of the material you had sent to me long ago. Some of the material is too heavy and distraughting. I cannot but admire at your grit and capacity to search and research appropriate material to point out the fallacies obvious or subtle. I feel deeply for what is happening to the Church in India, especially through the ignorance and presumption of some of the priests. I make a point to highlight some of the aberrations perpetrated by a few ministers of the Church. I can only respond to the appeal of Pope John Paul II to kneel and make reparations for the many insults, indifferences and pain inflicted on our Good Lord. Be assured of my prayers for the good work you have been called to do by and for the Lord. Once again with Easter Greetings Fr. J., OFM Cap., BANGALORE To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:14 PM Dear Michael Prabhu, Thank you for your Easter greetings. Very kind of you! I too wish you a Blessed and Happy Easter season! May the Risen Lord endow you with joy in the way He had done it with His disquiet disciples. May He share His victory with us so we could full of hope and enthusiasm follow the way that lead to eternal life and overcome all obstacles and hindrance in this path, and always rejoice His everyday presence! Thank you for your fight against the paganisation of the Indian Church. Active laypeople can do a lot… [EDITED] I may come to south India at the end of October and pass through Madras like last year. I will let you know. Wishing you the best, In union of prayer in the service of the Truth and for the salvation of souls, with my prayerful greetings in Jesus and Mary Fr. John Britto M., OSB., Abbaye Saint Joseph, FRANCE To: email@example.com Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 4:28 PM Subject: Thank you Dear Michael I received your messages. I thank you a lot for that. I as so busy. I could not reply, but I will do it whan I will be in Rome tomorrow. I am interested with your literature, even though sometimes I don't understand everything. Let us pray for each other God Bless you! with my prayerful greetings in Jesus and Mary Fr. John Britto M. To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:39 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Dear Michael, Thank you very on your update on the paganization issue. Keep on trying - let them know that the lay people are alert to these abberations. with best wishes, Fr. J., SDB., KOLKATA To: prabhu Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2007 9:26 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Hello Michael, Belated greetings for a very Happy Easter! I was out of station for a few days to help in the mission areas during the Holy Week. I know that you are busy with sending out information about the paganization of the Church. People may not want to hear about anything controversial. But if you spend a lot of time in prayer and recite the Divine Mercy chaplet, the power of the devil will be brokend and your messages will be received better. with best wishes, Fr. J To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 12:01 PM Subject: Re: PRAISE THE LORD Dear Michael, What I have written is from my experience. You cannot fight against the devil without using the divine weapons. You are up against a big invisible enemy (Eph. 6:12) and you need the latest Divine weapon that is the devotion to the Divine Mercy. The weapons of our warfare are not merely human but they have power to destroy strongholds (2 Cor. 10: 4 NRSV Translation). This is the time of Divine Mercy. Say the chaplet many times a day. This advice I have given to several people and it is working. with best wishes, Fr. J To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:07 AM Dear Prabhu, I appreciate your watchfulness and hard work for the church and catholic faith. I pray for the success of your ministry. Fr. J., VC., KERALA To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:05 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH… Dear Michael, You are trying to strike a balance in the Church. GOd bless you. Fr. L., [former Executive Secretary of the CBCI Commission for Clergy and Religious]
To: email@example.com Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 10:13 AM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY… Dear Michael, You are a staunch catholic. I understand your feelings for the Church. God bless you. Fr. L To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 9:59 AM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY… Dear Michael, Many thanks for your personal details of your work and persevering efforts. May the Risen Lord accompany you wherever you go and whatever you do for Him. I am sure your hardwork will pay you dividends. I wish you a Blessed Easter, God bless you, Fr. L To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 12:44 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH/COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Br. Michael, Warm greetings from Fr. L… I'm sorry that I didn't reply your letters. Even then, I read all your letters and informations with utmost care and pray very much for your ministry. They help me so much to understand the possible evils that these new movements can bring in the name of inculturation. Mother Church can alone give the freedom of heart and mind that we need. It is really great feeling to be part of Mother Church. But to accept the fact, there are many of Her children who exploit the freedom given to them. I hope tireless ministry of you people surely win many hearts to Jesus authentically and obviate many souls to go astray. I wish the very best in your minstry that it may be salutary for the prisets like me and the Church at last. Give my regards to your wife and your sons. How is the family of your son who got married last year? In the Risen Lord, Fr. L., OMD, MADURAI DIOCESE To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 2:49 PM Subject: RE: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR &YOGA Dear Michael, Peace of the risen Lord be with you. Thanks for your several e-mails. Please forgive me for not being able to write to you. The reasons are many, however, I am still very sorry about it. Next time I shall try my best to write to you. Please do not stop writing to me. I appreciate the work you are dong. I feel we need to preach the truth- that Jesus is the only saviour. Other things like Yoga and new age and TM etc are idol worship and have no place in salavation. Thank you for all your work. God bless you. Fr. James Shamaun, Catholic Charismatic Renewal Spiritual Director, PAKISTAN To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 6:22 AM Subject: PAGANIZATION Dear Michael, Yesuvukku Pugazh! At long last am getting down to writing to wrt Your mail entitled 'Paganization.' I would like to mention quite a few POINTS: OVERALL, I DO AGREE WITH YOU, that there is a lot of downright Paganization creeping into the catholic church, particularly through the Ashram movement. Objects, Signs and Symbols of Other religions have Come In, And as You have shown, the Cross has Gone Out, (which I had not been aware of), at least in some instances. In this I would include Shantivanam's starting their so-called devotions with the Om, and NOT with the Sign of the Cross. THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF PAGANIZATION, (the right word would be Hinduisation), is the acceptance of Advaitism by our so-called catholic ashramites. The malaise has spread not just wide, but deep, within our Lady Religious, as well as into the Laity. I would include the TORPOR of our Hierarchy, as Paganization… [EDITED] With regards, love and prayers, to You and to Angela, Swami Y, JYOTI ASHRAM, Thanneerpalli To: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 12:23 AM Subject: RE: WISHING YOU A HOLY EASTER Hi Prabhu, Wish you and your family a very Holy Easter, thanks for your greetings, and thanks for the emails you keep sending, I take this opportunity to thank you for the same. the work you are doing is of tremendous value, espceially when you do not get the response from those who are supposed to respond and take a stand, all the same, these things (about which u write) have to be spoken of lest no response is taken as acceptance. It is not for us to judge the success of the prophetic mission, a voice has to he heard, and thats great, My prayers and best wishes for u, ur family and ur ministry. Fr. V, NEO CATECHUMENAL WAY, Parish Priest, POONA DIOCESE To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:42 AM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH/COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Prabhu, thanks for yr emails. I hope you are praying for me as I complete three years in Lord's vineyard. I receive yr emails but sorry for not replying bec of my busy schedule. I am happy your ministy is trying to fight those in the church paganising the faith. I am also involved in fighting ag those who are attacking the catholic faith like christian fundamentalists. I pray for yr ministry. thanks and God bless you Fr. V., BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 12:51 PM Subject: Re: FROM MICHAEL Dear Prabhu, Thanks for your greeting. May the Risen Lord be with us during this Easter season to guide and lead us in whatever we do for his glory. I pray that he may work in and through you in a powerful way , so that you may be a Light to those who are
in darkness. I am leaving to Qatar on 11th April. First catholic church in Qatar is expected to be completed in Sept.2007. Keep me in your prayers so that God may use me in his own ways for his glory. with prayerful wishes, J. Aloysius Ignatius To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 5:24 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… Mr. Prabhu: Thanks for updating he info about Yoga in schools. I enjoyed reading your views. I came to Chennai last week on a very short, family related trip and I did not have time to see you. I will plan of meeting you next time. Best, Dr. M. Arogyasami To: email@example.com Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 5:20 PM Subject: Anticipating your interesting e-mails! Mr. Prabhu: Thanks for your reply. You are welcome to send the responses from the Bishops. I am eager to know about their views and stand on Christian, Non-Christian India from your perspectives. I do not know the right means to help you at this point. As we progress in our correspondence, I may be able to give you intellectual and practical perspectives regarding Christianity in India and their mission the global village. Best to you in your endeavors. Keep me updated. Anticipating your interesting e-mails! Arogyasami To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:48 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Thanks, Really bad to know that in the guise of Indianization, our so called crusaders are deviating from the real path. May God enlighten their minds and bring them back to the right track. Lay person, SAUDI ARABIA To: email@example.com Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 10:14 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Pray success for your crusade, hope the concerned will realise what they are doing and ensure remedial action earliest. DO To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 8:32 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… Needs resistance with all our might, OR the forces in power are sure to take us for granted to impose all their GREAT ideas - specially on minorities. DO To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2007 9:24 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH Dear Michael: Thanks for your very interesting comments. You have very nicely brought out the challenges that are being posed to the Church and mostly from within. There is a crisis of faith today. Holding fast to traditional Catholic beliefs,symbols of that belief, and practices that reflect that belief (like the Eucharist, venerating the cross, sacrament of reconciliation) are taken as 'fundamentalism'. Many in the leadership of the Church are caught up in the secularization of society and transference of thier secular beliefs into worship. This way they look politically correct; unfortunately it is bound to have dangerous ramifications for worship. The minute we point out these issues there are standard reactions. There will be some 'Catholics' baying for our blood because according to these mavens we are 'religious fundamentalists' unwilling to live peaceably in a spirit of accommodation of all religions. Worse still, they would claim that we are relying on symbols that are not reflective of true Christianity. We will have the liberals who will prance around accusing us of 'intolerance'! As though all their prancing around was reflective of any tolerance that they claim to stand for (much less understanding). Some of the liberals find security in numbers. So, they would like to beleive that if some symbols are meaningful for the world's billion Hindus they should be good enough for assimilation (even if they are contrarian to Catholic beliefs) As I look at it. Beliefs are what unite people. They can never be forced. All those who believe immediately know when they are with other believers. As one walks deeper in faith many things we believe in get a new dimension that of 'signs' and 'wonders' and a reassurance that what one believes in, is not in vain (in this life and in the one to come). Similarly disbelievers also identify and unite with other disblievers and make common cause with them. There are many disbelievers within the Church and its hierarachy. They have somehow convinced themselves that they have identified (mistakenly in my view) with Christ and his universal message while they have committed harlotry and compromised his basic teachings. They might have found a way to live with thier compromised Chritianity. In this version there is no room for all that which has been held fast to by believers down the ages (the word, our call to holiness, the sacraments, the community worship, and a life of loving service).They will have thier reward. I take consolation in the fact that the Church is the bride of Christ. The bridegroom will claim the church as His own and bring it back to Him as the prophet Hosea said. All those who believe will then see clearly the true and deep significance of the Eucharist, worship, the cross and the sacraments and the love that Yahweh has for us! Best wishes Arnold D’Souza To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 1:38 AM Subject: HI Hi Michael, In 2002 I have attended your session about the occult practices in catholic church. It was in Saumika Kulothungam's (former ICPE member) house in Bangalore. Recently I've found an article by you in Internet. I am a catholic and I am worried about all these developments.I know God is with you and he is guiding you. Is there any changes after all your efforts? Or the situation worsened? I would like to know the details. When you get time pleae send me the details. Regards Lay Person, Bangalore
To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 11:54 AM Subject: A Matter of Grave Concern in your Diocese . . . . .
Dear Rev. Bishop Stanley, I happened to receive the email (below) from Michael Prabhu about certain developments happening in a new church in Kollam, which are a matter of grave concern. As per his report, among many things, it says that “And atop the Church is a huge "Om" where there's normally a crucifix.”. If this is true, then you should really take the erring priest (Fr. Romance Anthony) to task. This is clearly a breach of the UNIVERSAL APOSTOLIC ROMAN CATHOLIC Faith and you should confront him head-on and ask him if he has (in his heart) become a non-Christian (or, on the way to doing so or trying to be a ‘please-all’ priest). As you are ordained to safeguard the “deposit of faith” that comes all the way down the centuries from the Apostles, I believe it is your God ordained responsibility to quickly act and address the matter quickly and sternly. Failing to do so, will create confusion and spiritual malfunction in the hearts and minds of the people coming to that “Church”. I pray that God will strengthen you to do so (many a times, such people (in this case, this priest) are like Solomon, who was so wise & puffed up with pride, that no one had the courage to really correct him in his lifetime – hence, Solomon’s end was very tragic). But I believe that our prayers for you will give you the courage and wisdom to address the issue, as the Spirit guides and leads. In His Name, Lay Person, BANGALORE To: email@example.com Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 12:06 PM Dear Brother, Thanks for your email and effort and concern – to chip in, I have sent the email to the Bishop (with a bcc to you, to avoid him getting ‘paralyzed’ in his faith (if he sees you in the cc list once again). Most importantly, as I said, pray for him (esp. the Rosary, as our Lady has tremendous power over the evil one – I have seen this myself and also in the ministry of one Fr. Justin Alex… in Trivandrum diocese – he just flows in the gifting of the Spirit). Rgds, do To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:19 PM Subject: Suryanamaskar & Yoga Dear Friend, I have seen your letter to bishops etc about inculturation, yoga and Surya Namaskar. They are three different issues, and should not be spoken of in the same breath… [EDITED] SURYA NAMASKAR: This is a different cup of tea. It is indeed a form of nature worship - of creation rather than the Creator. As such Christians and Muslims are well within their rights in opposing to imposition on others through the State. Do not expect much from the bishops. My experience of several years of dealing with them teaches me that the vast majority of bishops are mere ceremonial heads, with very little in their heads, and even less in their hearts and souls! I have very little respect, and even less expectations from the bishops of India. It is therefore becoming increasingly imperative that enlightened laity express themselves, and are strongly united. May God bless you for all your efforts. Chhotebhai Noronha, Former President, All India Catholic Union, KANPUR To: HOLYSPIRITINTERACTIVE Cc: prabhu Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 12:06 PM Subject: Fwd: THE PAGANIZATION… Dear Aneel, This is for your information. Remain Blessed. Cynthia Fernandes UAE To: 'prabhu' Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 11:02 PM Subject: RE: THE PROPOSED… Thank you Michael We’ll keep you in our prayers and do share your concern. God bless Danielle & Simon Wong, MAURITIUS To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 6:41 PM Subject: prayers Michael, You and your ministry are in my prayer intensions with my daily rosary. God bless Dave & Liz Smith, USA To: prabhu Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 6:45 PM Dear Prabhu, Thank you for all informations that you emailing me, with this I can understand how much you love JESUS and your concern towards the Church, when some thing wrong hapens in the church or any body stands against My lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST my blood boils, but we can not do any thing, because among 12 decilpes the devil used one fellow to sell and betray My Jesus, in the same way apraximatly there are about 5 lakhs priests and 10 lakhs sisters are there in the world, certainly the devil will use thousands of priests and sisters, pasters and preachers from other denaminations too for selling and betraying Our JESUS like Judas, these are the people who do not depend on the power, strength and wisdom of… God bless you, Your bro in Christ, Lay Preaching Ministry, BANGALORE To: prabhu Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:07 AM Dear bro Prabhu, My previous email was not complete because the power failed, hence there was some mistakes kindly go through the fallowing
…God but they depend on their strength, worldly wisdom worldly knowledge etc, in I Sam 2:35 God says that He is looking for a faithful priests, ( His servants ) to carry out the divine work what is in His mind and in His heart (John 4:34) for this we have to wait upon Him for the power from above Acts 1:8. So that the Holy Spirit may direct our mission, many priests and preachers are trying to do some thing to please RSS, BJP etc because of the devilish attach on the church by them, we have to pray for the church and all the servants of God around the world. At present the situation in different parts of the world is becoming worst in one way or the other, people do not want Jesus or not willing to lead a Holy life but they want
all blessings to enjoy life, the world is full of sin, sickness, violence, people are finding joy, peace and happiness in the worldly way but JESUS is the only way and the only solutions for all their problems. Jesus is the Savior, Healer and Protector to all who call upon his name. (Romans 10:13) He is the right guide to our life in this problematic world. (John 16:31) When we believe in Jesus all our fear disappears (Isaiah 41:10)
Even if our own dear ones forsake us, Jesus will never forsake us. (Isaiah 49:15-17) Jesus always wants to stay within us (Revelation3:20) “If Jesus is for us, nobody can stand against us” (Romans 8:31) Any how dear bro let us pray only Jesus can do something to save this world. God bless you, Your bro in Christ, DITTO To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 3:51 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Mike, What can we do to stop all this? You and others have put in so much efforts in research and promoting awareness, but the Church leaders are promoting this rubbish. We are with you in prayer Mike, love Lay Ministry, BANGALORE To: email@example.com Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 6:09 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH… Dear Michael, There are one or two typing errors in your report. Read it again before sending out. Please let me have the exact name and address in diocese of this Fr. Anthony and also who reported all this. Where did he attend seminary, we have to have all facts on the table. This is worse then the NBCLC in B'lre. I will see that the Holy Father gets this information personally. I cannot promise and do not ask how I get it there, but I do know some person, who is very close to him. I have sent Fr. Rufus book "God is love" this way, and I am endavouring to send my book whenit is finally printed the same way. This is very important for the Holy Father to know, mainly under which Bishop these things are going on. Do not be upset about this, I have seen these things already in Bede Griffith ashram and had several long arguments with the same about it. He neede deliverance, like Dechanet with his Christian Yoga and others like Amalorpavadass, who threw a table at me when I asked about the Tantric symbols in his chapel. Jyoti Sahi, who was the artist of his chapel told me once, when I questioned him gently, that he goes every year with his family on a pilgrimage to the Godess Kali, you know that feast when they go up that rock of thew trimurti in South India? Well at the time when he told me this I did not know that place nor any other place, but Calcutta where Kali was worshipped. Why he did this? He told me that he was afarid of her...and that is a Catholic Artist! I do not know if he still alive and where he lives now, at the time I met him, as we travelled together to the NBCLC and so we had a chance to talk. The chapel he created for the Pallotine fathers after the NBCLC is nothing like it and is very acceptable, maybe, just maybe my few words to him made him think, also this was under Fr. Henry Kieffer, who would not have permitted such sacrileges. Now what to do? First we have not only to report but answer why this pluralism is not at all what is meant in the document Nostra Aetate (Oct 65, Vat II) when it speaks about respecting and accepting all that is good and true in other World Religions. Symbols are not neutral, Aristotle teaches that beyond every symbol is a reality. And Augustine as well as Thomas Aquinas have taken this view from Aristotle. In the case of OM or AUM, which represents the UR- Vibration or the "WORD" Fr. Anthony would say, but the difference is that this vibration is an impersonal force in Hindu philosophical view and the Word of God is the second person of the Trinity. So whilst the original search of humanity recognises a divine energy from emerged the universe, it is only by the REVELATION of our personal God in Jesus Christ, that we KNOW that there is God the father, who created through" His Word" the world and all what is in it and the whole Universe. Hence the proclamation of the loving Father is what we have to do, meaning, according to the jews like a Jew and according to the Greeks like a Greek, we have to witness the Good News. To a Hindu like a Hindu: That is to say we have to accept and respect that the Indian peole as a whole have been searching the big question of humanity and have come to part of the true answers, but have to hear with authority that whilst "out there is a divine energy" Brahman, this is not all, that energy comes forth from a Divine Creator, a loving Father through His Son Jesus. Whenever I stated this ladies came to me crying, as they never had an experience of a lovong father, this opened the doors for me to talk about Jesus His son and our redemption. I know you might think I am "erring" from the problem. But when laying on critic ,we have to show the optional way to proclaim. Kindly think about this, how to prepare a leaflet or statement. Even for the bishops and answer, how to approach this problem is necessary. Bishops are usually only bureaucrats in our Church. They are specially chosen due to their individual ability to "run" the everday organisation of our Church. Rather like the officers of the British Empire and they are often at a loss in situations like this and do not know how to handle it. The more we help them indirectly, the more likely it will be that they reprimand a priest, who is responsible for such errors. Also when in Bede Griffiths’ Ashram in the 80ties, the villagers of the srrounding aerea said that they understand that Christianity is different from Hinduism and this is why they are interested. They do not want a hinduised Christianity. The same with the Tribal peoples in the North East. Christianity gives them a hope to climb socially. When turning to Hinduism, they know that they will always stay at the lowest caste and will never be fully accepted in Hindu society. They only accept Hinduism because this gives their children a chance for a University Place. In Christ International Ministry, LONDON To: prabhu Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 9:38 AM Subject: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA…
Thanks Michael, I will forward and pray much for this. Let us cling to Jesus. Even if there are 5 righteous persons, we will save the world. Regards Lay person, KOLKATA To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:08 PM Subject: Indianisation of the Catholic Church in India. To: Most Rev. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Kollam. My Lord, I am a Catholic, 53 years from the traditonal Catholic Diocese of Tuticorin, and from a village which is fully Catholic, and now live in Chennai. I, like the thousands or even millions of faithful Catholics of India, am shocked, pained and confounded to read from a Catholic web link,that the Catholic parish of Neendakara, in your diocese under parish priest Rev. Fr. Romance Antony, has introduced Hindu practices, including emulating Hindu postures.The name of the church is also called-Jagat Jyoti Mandir. I am sure that such things cannot happen without your Lordship's prior knowledge and consent. It is relevant and very appropriate that the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation - "Sacrementum Caritas "of the Holy Father Pope Benedict xvi is referred to after reading the same by all concerned with the innovations that have been introduced at the Neendakara Catholic Church. No doubt, your Lordship who would have been at the Synod of the Catholic Bishops with the Holy Father, as a Member, fully endorses His Holiness's Apostolic Exhortation. Notwithstanding this Papal Exhortation on the Holy Eucharistic celebration, not only tradition, but Divine influence does not permit, allow and endorse any human innovation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist, nor even in any of the Church's other practices including prayers. Innnovation is purely human and not divine.What the church has received over 2 millenia, we follow as an universal church.That is why the Holy Mass celebrated in Chennai is celebrated anywhere else on this globe-the same way, without change. To my dismay and almost shock,when I was recently in Delhi and went frequently fot the afternoon Eucharist to The Sacred Heart Cathedral there, I found that the Eucharist is celebrated by the Cathedral on the side Altar in the semi sitting posture when even during Holy Elevation, the Celebrant, the faithful and altar servers sit-yes sit comfortably. As the Lord's death on the cross by crucifixion is celebrated on the altar, all those who are participating in this most Holy event, including the Christ like celebrant the priest, sits coyly, comfortably and with such impiety. I for one would not say that all those who kneel are all pious or that kneeling is the only sign of piety. But,certainly kneeling. like genuflecting and prostrating are signs of absolute surrender to Almighty. Weak and sinfull as we are, these signs make us realise our weakness as well as accept our sinfulness and make us submit ourselves to the Father and the Son, and seek their forgiveness and Grace. Indeed, my Lord, any action or habit or practice that is not inherent to our Faith and belief, and all such alien customs like the Hinduisation of the Catholic Faith by a few liberal catholic priests, will only terribly weaken the faith. In my considered opinion, such practices are diabolic and do not have Divine sanction. Please also take the case of the Habit of Priests and Nuns who now are more comfortable in any attire than the regular priestly or nun habits, especially the latter, with their sarees,which have made them inseparable from the common man[woman]. Not only such changes have made them more worldly and less religious but have quietly and certainly brought about in them impiety- all in the name of being Indian in India to suit the culture and even the climate of this country. No doubt ,my Lord, the Apostolic Exhortation makes clear reference to even the physical appearance in the Church from its architecture to vestments to even the chair on which the celebrant sits in the altar. And the onus is on the Bishop of each Catholic Diocese to ensure any aberration to the general rule in the sacrifice of the Holy Mass is totally prohibited, and eliminated in toto. In the full hope that Your Lordship will immediately address the present situation in the Neendakara catholic church, and remedy the mistakes, I implore you to take neceessary steps. Kerala has the traditional Catholic base and is spiritually blessed. It should continue, my Lord. Yours, in Christ Jesus Saviour and Lord, Lay person, CHENNAI To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 10:36 AM Subject: Fw: [CGNet] Fw: Indianisation of the Catholic Church in India. From: To: Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 10:34 AM Subject: [CGNet] Fw: Indianisation of the Catholic Church in India. From: To: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: CGNet@yahoogroups.com ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:01 PM Subject: Fw: Indianisation of the Catholic Church in India. From: XXXX To: His Eminence: Telesphore P. Cardinal Toppo, President, CBCI. And, Their Grace, Most Rev. Jacob Thoomkuzhy, VP-CBCI, Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios, VP-CBCI, Most Rev. Percival J. Fernandez, Sect Gen-CBCI, Copy to: Their Grace, Most Rev Chinnappa, Archbishop, Madras Mylapore, Most Rev. Peter Fernando, Archbishop, Madurai, Most Rev. Yvon Ambroise, Bishop of Tuticorin. Dear Eminence, and their Grace, I am sending below a letter sent by me to His Grace, The Bishop of Kollam, which is self explanatory. I was impelled to send this letter to His Grace Stanley Roman, after reading of the Indianisation of a Catholic church in a parish of the Kollam Diocese-Neendakara, as reported by NDTV, and which I have attached. I pray Your Eminence and Their Grace to kindly and graciously do that which is necessary to protect our God given Faith, from these forces which are undermining the very existence of our Faith,with their aberrations. I also request the Archbishop of New Delhi,to kindly stop the practice of celebrating the Holy Euchrist in a sititing posture as it is blatantly against the very spirit of the Sacrifice. I request all your Eminence and their Grace to kindly take this
humble understanding of a Catholic, and do the right and the needful, in this regard. With prayerful hope, Yours in Christ Jesus ,Our Lord and Saviour. DITTO To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:08 PM Subject: Indianisation of the Catholic Church in India.
To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 12:38 PM Subject: Reply Dear brother Prabhu, My sincere apology for not responding to your earlier mails,as either I was traveling or with this holy season of Easter with us we were closed for all communications, till Monday and with backlog of work-I do shipping work-and again being out of town yesterday,I did not find time till just now to mail you; indeed your 2 mails of date with the one from His Grace the Bishop of Mangalore writng to you which you had copied to me, also making me to start my witing to you immediately. Well, first I do admire your tenacity and the exhaustive study and work you are doing to protect the God given Faith we possess. I will pray that you are given this blessing continually by the Lord so that where some wrong and harmful happenings take place in our Holy Mother Church,you and people like me along with you can make meaningful protests and try our best to correct such harmful practices. As days get more and more complicated with all sorts of material confusions and the people getting confounded by new worldly practices, the people of the Church too,are getting to see such confusions entering into the Holy Church, as we see now in idianisation,and inculturation,whatever they may mean. If Fr. Romance Antony and the Kollam Bishop think that people of the Hindu faith will be attracted into the Catholic fold by changing the Catholic church to conform to hindu habits,then it is a pity that he has not been able to decipher the wily Satan and know that in such an event the Catholic church will not be the Universal Church it is but an Indan church. Like him if a South American or an Indonesian or a Vietnamese starts his own localised and customised church.then we will have as many such churches and so we will have to have so many popes for each of them-well this is as much as looking practically at what some such Catholic prists would do and wittingly or otherwise they would be hugely undermining the Church to that extent. Notwithstanding such individual aberrations in everyday liturgy,and within the cannon of the liturgy, almost every priest, again unwittingly perhaps,does violate the sarced rubrics.It could be that one or more than one of the antiphon is omitted or that the celebrant ignores the fixed prayers and makes his own, all of which make the very Sacrifice illicit-and such practices are by Priests who have studied these rubrics and their inevitabilty in the liturgy. So, we do have problems in all walk of our Catholic life,and that is a challenge in this era of confusion. And so we do have a task[tasks] my friend,on hand and with such faithful souls as you and perhaps me and a few others we must tackle them head on for the greater glory of God, but certainly such actions will be with all objectivity. Will be in touch with you. Yours in the Lord and His Mother, DITTO From: Goa's Pride www.goa-world.com To: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 4:42 PM Subject: Catholics for prayer and pro-action. Posted by: "prabhu" email@example.com THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA : A LETTER TO THE BISHOPS
- Forwarded by www.goa-world.com http://www.goa-world.com/goa/about_goa http://www.daijiworld.com/news/default.asp?city=goa http://www.fullerlife.in/Goenchoulo/goencho_ulo_jan_07.pdf http://www.beth-beth-lehem.org From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 1:45 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… dear prabhu greetings in the risen lord thanks for the thought provoking email this issue requires a strong rebuttal and a well thought out court case. I would be happy to go to court on this if other individuals and groups from amongst us would join me. god bless JOHN DAYAL, PRESIDENT, ALL INDIA CATHOLIC UNION From: Dr. John Dayal, President, All India Catholic Union To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 2:10 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… join me then send me your particulars, fashter's name, postal address etc requited in a writ. we may consider this before courts adjourn in may for two months vacation god bless you. john dayal From: Dr. John Dayal, President, All India Catholic Union To: prabhu Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 10:46 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA… thanks, prabhu will pass it to the lawyers god bless john dayal To: [address book] Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 12:35 PM Subject: Fwd: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH… Dear all, Please do forward this to as many people as possible. I have seen something of what Micheal Prabu has written about. In FISI, A Franciscan Retreat center, i have seen all the signs that points in different directions rather than only the One True Jesus ! Please do help circulate this as far and as much as possible. Thanks for your help and for using your connections to stop this NONSENSE ! Yours in Christ, Lay persons, MALAYSIA
To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:44 PM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Thanks Michael I am beginning to get more insights. The Bishops' Conference's NBCLC [Bangalore] Mandir [temple] already has a 'kalasam' or pot in place of the Cross. No altar, no Crucifix. Can you confirm that there is no altar? Apologist, USA To: email@example.com Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 2:47 AM Praise the Lord! Dear Michael I'm very happy you're getting replies from the bishops… [EDITED] Lay person, SPAIN To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 5:27 PM Dearest Mike, Fist of all, hope youand your loved ones have had a Happy Easter. Yes, thanks a million for the info you sent me. Whether I respond to you or not, rest assured, Mike, I make it a point to send such stuff by e-mail to my friends all over the world. Do keep up the good work. It is disgusting the way the church has been functioning nowadays. It appears like Satan himself has been (mis)guiding the hierarchy. God help and guide us all. Take care and love to all. Much love and prayers, Ministry leader, GOA To: prabhu Cc: Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:36 AM Subject: Kollum affairs Dears Michael, I have read this one, having received it from YYY (Council of Catholic Women of India, New Delhi). I do endorse the feeling of shock and dismay at what is happening in the name of indigensation in the Church in India! All this is sham and shameful and totally harmful and detrimental to the teachings and precepts of the Catholic Church. Shall keep praying. Regards, PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC HISTORY ASSOCIATION OF INDIA To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 8:06 AM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Michael, Sorry. I have been busy fighting my own battles here which I am not free to talk about right now. This …… the reconstitution of the …. service team will take place. I am not sure what my future in the CCR will be. I will be coming to Jeppu …. for the gathering of Chairpersons with the NST … Please do pray for us here … God bless you. I am happy you are getting responses from bishops and priests. CHAIRPERSON, REGIONAL SERVICE TEAM To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 3:10 AM Subject: Fwd: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Folks, let us disseminate this message to all levels. Let us pray that the HOLY SPIRIT will convict those at fault and give them the courage to correct the situation for the love of the LORD. May we be GOD pleasers and not people pleasers. To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 3:15 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Bless you................ hounding the pack of wolves eh......... May the LORD empower you to continue being the watch-dog for our current setup Lay person, UAE To: 'prabhu' Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 5:02 PM Subject: RE: KOLLAM Dear Michael, I am in UK now – will get back to you after I reach back India by nnth. Love, To: 'prabhu' Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 9:03 PM Subject: RE: KOLLAM Dear Mikel, This is the smallest way to support the great things you are doing ! Thank you for your encouragement… Love To: 'prabhu' Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 11:42 PM Subject: RE: KOLLAM Dear Mikel, So great to hear the updates – Praise God for you my brother ! It is always inspiring to see such one man army fights against such evils..And we know our Lord will reveal His Glory ! Looking forward to meeting you in May.. Wishing you a Blessed Holy week, LEADER IN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY, KERALA To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 5:11 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Michael, I too was shocked to see the news item about Yoga and Surya Namaskar in BJP ruled states. As you have rightly put it we must recourse to legal avenues to establish religious freedom of our society as out Muslim brotheren have done. No doubt the judgment on that writ would be applicable to all affected entities. But definitely it is a pity that our Church leaders are wavery on basic spiritual values compromising on Yoga and conducting mass in front of an OM symbol. Thank you for the information and I appreciate your effort. God bless you, Warm regards Lay person, Chennai To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 11:00 AM Subject: RE: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH… Dear Micheal, We pray that you will continue to: “7serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. EPH 6:7 & 8 God Bless you and all you do. Lay person, BANGALORE From: SPIRDAILY@aol.com To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 2:43 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF… Appreciate hearing from you, please know that you are in my daily prayers, please pray for us, and please let your friends know of http://www.spiritdaily.com/. God bless, Michael H. Brown, USA From: SPIRDAILY@aol.com To: prabhu Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 3:10 AM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY… Appreciate hearing from you, please know that you are in my daily prayers, please pray for us, and please let your friends know of http://www.spiritdaily.com/. God bless, Ditto To: prabhu Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 7:08 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA…
Thank you Michael - we were a little intrigued at Fr. Antony's first name 'Romance' ! Is it a nickname ? - I shall forward your e-mail to many. Love and regards Lay persons, MANGALORE To: email@example.com Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 9:31 PM Subject: Hello Dear Brother, My Name is AAA From Dubai I read your mail On Paganism in the Catholic Church which I find what you have mailed is so correct the Church Is going astray & We need to do something about it. I am a friend of BBB from Mumbai who is now in Sharjah with his wife CCC. I would be gratefull if you could include me in your mailing list on all such mails. I would also be grateful if you could send me some info on Homeopathy & its harmfull effects Thanking you In advance Lay person, DUBAI To: 'prabhu' Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 6:27 AM Subject: RE: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Hi Mike The church in India is in crisis it seems. Keep up the good work. How come nobody questions all these things in India ? Love Pamela Mathias, AUSTRALIA To: 'prabhu' Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 10:39 AM Subject: RE: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Keep up the good work Love & God Blesss Ditto To: prabhu Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:00 AM Subject: Hindiusm in the Catholic Worship Prabhu, My internet was down for nearly a month and i could not access my mails. And today when i logged in the mail topmost in my inbox was the one sent by you. I hv drafted a reply to the Bishop, but would like you to go through it, rephrase whereever necessary and send it back to me so that i can sent it to the Bishop for his reaction. Maybe he may reply to me. The mail you sent will be attached as a reference, in case it gives away that its what you sent, you may make changes there to make it look different. Awaiting your response. Regarding your other mail on Fr. EEE, I am not aware of this preist, but will try and see if i can get some info from my other colleagues. In the meantime, wish you good luck with your Ministry. Things dont look much bright for Catholics in India. But our God knows how to get the good out of the worst, so need not loose heart, keep trying exposing the evils at all opportunities. Lay person, UAE
Most Rev. Stanley Roman I read with great pain the happenings in the Catholic Church. What the church at one time was strongly condemning such occurrences as pagan worship today seems to accept anything from Hinduism. I refer to the article reproduced below. Christianity is unique as i understand as it is Christ and his Cross centred. His teachings are unique and when Jesus says, Ï am the way, the truth and the life", i dont think he meant that he is present in the teachings of all other religions and their methods of worship and that one can just do away with what the Catholic Church has been teaching all along. If there was truth in the other religions, if they were truly leading people to salvation, if they had the message of eternal life, i wonder why Christ has to leave a place like heaven and come down to earth to preach, teach introduce the love of God by dying on that Cross. Or by these acts which your highness is giving sanction to be practiced by your silence or otherwise, meaning to imply that Christ's suffering and death was a Sham, that it was not at all necessary. Christ's name can be done away with, the Cross, the symbol of Christ & Christian identity and unity can be replaced with symbols like 'OM', & Kalasam. I also understand that when Christ walked on this earth these religions were being practiced and were considered as pagan worship, otherwise why would Christ who is all knowing, Wisdom and Truth did not mention any of them to be good enough to attain salvation. Was Christ trying to hide something? Or is it that today the Church in India feels that the teaching of Christ is found lacking? Or is it in the name of evangelization the agents of darkness are trying to penetrate into the Catholic church and corrupt it through its shepherds? It makes me sick to learn that the Church that Christ founded instead of giving a unique form of worship where the 'Body and Blood of Christ' forms the centre of worship, is today borrowing from other religions and telling them that we were fooling ourselves claiming to be different. And what a justification of one's actions to say that these are all neutral means of worship. The present day Wisdom seems to far supersede that of Christ himself, so it seems! It remains to be seen, ofcourse, whether this brings more people to the Catholic faith or gives licence to those from within to leave the church, since there is no difference left in the form of worship. Why call oneself a catholic and remain Christ follower when one can be a "NEUTRAL" pick and choose what suits one best to his style. Most Rev. Bishop, I am a storng believer of Christ and the Catholic Church, and I as a lay person though much engaged in many church activities. I know that your Highness will have a tight schedule attending to many pressing matters, but it will do much good both personally and more so spiritually to hear a few lines in reply explaning the developments in the Church, why it has been permitted if it is happening with your sanction and why it has been allowed if not approved. Respectfully yours, in Christ Jesus, sd/To: prabhu Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 1:10 AM Subject: Re: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Thank you prabhu for all the information and the edit on my mail. I have today posted the mail to the Bishop with your edits. Hope he replies back. DO
To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 1:30 AM Subject: Fwd: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Hi Michael, I have forwarded it to the leaders here. Thanks, Leader in ministry, BANGALORE Dear all, Let us also pray that the evil that is about to be introduced into our schools and hospitals may be stopped. We as a Movement need to do everything to ensure that children do not have to bow down to sun, moon or any such created
thing, and in turn go against the Creator Himself, violating the first commandment "Thou shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20.2). Wish you all a Blessed Holy Week. Thanks, DO To: Cc: prabhu Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:27 AM Subject: Experiencing Spirituality In Yoga This article was sure of a eye opener. Getting grants for this kind of activity is difficult to understand. Are we openly spreading Yoga?? of course as per the chat with NN, they would have disguised this initiative under some other feathers… I hope through our Loving Bishops interaction and support to Michael, he would take a stand on this issue… [EDITED] DO To: prabhu Cc: Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:47 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY… Dear Michael, Thank you for your mail. I had called up your residence on Monday afternoon (around 1 pm), but I guess you might have not been there. Just last week I had a small discussion with my Hindu colleagues who are into Horoscopes and New Age stuff. Well the discussion went into a lot of aspects and I was giving them the little I could offer. I had mentioned that I was against horoscopes and one of them jumped back saying that she would like to debate with me on that topic since she has enough proof. Since it was late we postponed it for another day. After reaching Mangalore, I downloaded your article on Horoscopes and have been going through it. I am amazed at the content and the amount of research you have undertaken to put in those points. The evidence is concrete and if I am not able to put it in words, I would gladly forward your article to them. Thank you in advance for the articles. I would like to go through your new articles once this article is done. Thanks, DO To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 12:20 AM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY… Thank you Michael, I don't think you had sent these postings earlier. But I am glad to know that the responses are encouraging. Thank you for the effort in collating them and sending. I will surely go through them and get back to you for any clarifications or feedback. May Almighty God keep you blessed and Mother Mary continue to be with you with her mighty and powerful intercession. I assure you of my personal prayers always. Your co-crusader in Christ Lay person, UAE To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 2:14 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Shri Michael, you are doing a wonderfull job. Sadly those responsible are sleeping in their comfortable homes funded by the devout christians !! Wish you all success Lay Person, MANGALORE To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 2:49 AM Subject: RE: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH… youre right!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lay Person, MUMBAI To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 3:48 PM Subject: Re: THE KOLLAM CHURCH / COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION thank you Michael i apologise for not responding but have been very busy will explain when we meet i will digest this and revert blessings Lay Person, UAE To: prabhu Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 11:22 AM Subject: Re: A HOLY EASTER hey brother Mike, me silent but ......silently working towards spreading awareness .......reading all your mails and forwarding them to all i know ........ that they may know wats happening around, yours Lay person, BANGALORE To: prabhu Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 1:59 PM Subject: Re: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION… Dear Michael. Thanks for the info. I wonder what kind of responses you get from the Bishops? from our diocese ? from the Vatican? Do they atleast acknowledge ? I believe there is a fine line between Hinduism and these Principles; a dangerously fine line, which is very difficult to identify ; when thrown up to the masses. I don't know if you agree. Keep up the good work! regards Lay person, CHENNAI To: email@example.com Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:41 AM Subject: Why are you paganising the church? Dear Fr Michael Prabhu, I am utterly ashamed of that priest who offered such a sacriligious mass and who continues to do so. I think such priest have started worshiping satan and should be out of the Church. If they like the Hindu motifs and symbols so much, they should join that religion. We rather have a pure Catholic faith unadultered by this so called learned priest who are leading million astray with their proud thoughts. "the tree of knowledge brings death and so it is death they are preaching". Get him out of the church. Council of Catholic Women of India, NEW DELHI To: prabhu Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:54 AM Subject: Re: Fw: THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA… Dear Michael, thanks for your forward and it is most interesting. I got your earlier message as a forward from one Sr Vera who knows my interest and keeps me advised. I am glad you are taking this up at the highest level. What is happening in the church is most deplorable. I believe our Lady Fatima's mesage which reads "many bishops, priests and nuns will lead the people to pedition! " is true and what is happening today is this. Few priest preach the word of God on Sundays. They prefer to tell stories of their rich material experiences, or quote great human persons or incidents, or quote other books which are irrelevant to us and to our spiritual growth. I wish the priests today would prepare their homilies for Sunday Mass celebrations and make sure that the people get at least a few morsels of spirituality. These days priests are going after the worldly and materialistic things which our Lord Jesus strongly condemned. When a priest or nun is called to religious life it is to serve Jesus and not the materialistic world!! Thanks for keeping in touch. But hope this ranting of mine will not upset you too much. Have a good day. DO
The MANGALOREANCATHOLICS YAHOO GROUP posted THE PAGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN INDIA: ROMANCING WITH HINDUISM AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS on April 3, and THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA: A LETTER TO THE BISHOPS on April 4. A Hindu member of the group attacked the postings. The Catholic responses and defenses were most encouraging. They can be provided on request.